A+ Tutorsoft Math Software
Whether you prefer for your students to learn math via the internet, on the computer using local software, or with traditional text and workbook, and whether you need a full year program or just supplemental work on a single topic, A+ Math software has an option for you. The approach is basically a sequential-mastery method, rather than spiral or incremental, with concepts presented, practiced, and expanded fully in each chapter. The author believes that having the material presented both audibly and visually helps in understanding and retention. Lessons are very straightforward with no frills or distracting unnecessary graphics, only those needed to explain or demonstrate concepts.
1st and 2nd grade were added after the higher level courses and do incorporate more color and fun illustrations. A cute little frog mascot appears on some of the screens to aid in answering the questions and gives a croak of approval when the answer is correct. Worksheets for these levels are a bit more colorful as well. I think this would definitely appeal to any child who likes to work at the computer - A+ Math Software makes math learning seem like a game.
In the program options are presented across the top of the screen. You can watch and listen to the multimedia lessons, view the suggested lesson plans, print out or just view the curriculum book (same content as that of the multimedia lessons), print out worksheets, tests, (and answer keys for both) and reference sheets. You can set the program so that the parent has access to the answers but not the students. The tests and worksheets are done in a multiple choice format, black and white, with a minimal number of appropriate graphics (coins, clocks, etc.). I feel like this course might work well for students who are distracted by a lot on a page; white space is in the students' favor with this program. An interactive Q & A button is found at the bottom of the page that allows the student to practice the concept and get immediate feedback on the accuracy of their answer. The software includes everything you need to do the course, including all necessary PDF files. The printed workbook is a convenience product that is helpful if you don't want to print the pages yourself. We are stocking both the Premium and Standard editions of the software. The Premium edition includes additional features such as the ability to lock solutions manuals, an electronic grade book with progress tracking, and printable certificates of completion.
I have never looked at Teaching Textbooks at the younger grades, but did have an opportunity to look at the algebra. The A+ program has the same type of slide-like presentation for the lessons and you can purchase the book in print to follow along with the lessons as they are presented. The content is comprehensive, and the pacing is steady and methodical.
System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/ Windows 7/8 and 250 MB disk space available on the hard drive. NOT Mac-compatible. The CD-based version doesn't need the internet to run, but you do need internet access to register and activate your software. If you are unsure about where to begin in the program, you can visit www.aplustutorsoft.com for a free limited placement test.
We are offering the curriculum in a variety of packages, with or without printed texts and workbooks to give you options. Print texts and workbooks are also available individually. If you like the approach, but prefer to teach the material yourself, you may opt for the eBooks bundle, which contains a print textbook, a print workbook and a CD-ROM with electronic files of solutions, exams, exam solutions, the workbook and the textbook. Please note that the software-based lessons are not included.
New for 2014 is the Family Math Package. These provide access to an online version of the A+ Interactive Math curriculum for one year from activation. Upon purchase, you will receive activation information and you can activate your account at any time. If you have children in multiple grades and online math instruction is convenient for you, this may be your best option. The more children signed up under this option, the cheaper per child the package becomes. Access is per child/grade, so if you purchase the package for 3 students, you will have access to 3 different grades of the curriculum for one year. However, if one grade level is completed, you may begin a new grade level. Online version is Windows & Mac-compatible with a high-speed internet connection.